Friday Fatchecker, part 5: One month on

Posted on: 04/02/2011

So, another weigh-in, and a full month gone by since I started this malarkey.  As it’s the first weigh-in in February, I’m going to make this a longer post and wax lyrical about how things are going.  (I really ought to find out what ‘wax lyrical’ means before I use the phrase, but hey, I’m fairly sure it’s nothing taboo..)

I’m starting to realise that you can only do so much at a time if you want to keep it up permanently.  So many times I’ve tried to lose weight unsuccessfully because I couldn’t form a proper habit of what I needed to do.

Funnily enough, the idea of habit-forming is all over the place at the moment, or so it seems to me.  Dare I mention her again?  The Flylady talks a lot about forming a habit if you want to make something last.  Also the Simple Mom (whose blog I heartily recommend) explains a lot about habit-forming in her New Year – New You! post.  Also my man has been doing some work on healthy lifestyle behaviour change for the last few years, so I hear about habits. All. The. Time.  And I’m finally coming round to the idea.

So, in January, the one habit I managed to maintain was regular exercise, and what a difference that has made to me.  I have been going to the gym weekly, and I have been taking weekly Pilates classes.

There were two habits I tentatively formed, which were not eating between meals and not consuming excess alcohol.  I’m getting better at both of these, though they are not perfect.  I’m going to try and keep them up.

The habit I had hoped to form, but looking back, failed miserably to do so, is not having seconds.  Which includes anything on someone else’s plate.

So by the end of February I plan to (1) continue the alcohol only twice a week rule and see if I can get 100% on track for February, (2) nail the not-eating-between meals habit and (3) work harder at not having seconds.

However, (2) is going to have to be tweaked, since at least once a week there is cake at toddlers.

Now, it’s all very well not eating between meals when there is no cake in the house to tempt, but if I deny myself the cake it is tantamount to torture.  And if it feels like torture, it’s not going to work in the long run.  So I need to work out a way of allowing myself to have cake.

I’ve considered skipping breakfast… unfortunately the toddlers get toast just before the cake, so I would then eat all the leftover toast before also having cake.   So I need a more do-able alternative, preferably one that takes into account the fact that I have absolutely no spare time in the mornings, and I detest cereal bars.  Maybe half a breakfast? Hmm, I can’t quite grasp the perfect solution.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Now, (2) is going to require me to get more sleep, since my monster appetite creeps out from the shadows only when I am tired.  So my being-nice-to-me habit for February is getting enough sleep, so it will go in tandem with slaying the appetite beast.

ANYhow, I really need to divulge that I didn’t lose any weight this week.  I’m still firmly stuck at 12 stone on the nose.  It’s a bit too soon to plateau, so I reckon it’s just a case of the appetite monster again.

I promised to do waist measurement and BMI this week too, so excuse me while I go grab the tape.

Yay! A two-inch improvement on January’s measurement.

Let’s check the BMI scale.  Last month I was clinically obese.  Does 3 lb take me out of that zone?

Sacha's BMI this month

Click on image to use the NHS tool

Yes it does!  Hooray!

So the long term goal is to get my BMI into the safe zone at 25, which is 10 stone 1 lb for me.  My original goal was 9 stone 10 lb, since I used to be able to maintain that.  I think I’ll see how I go on that front.  If the weight wants to be at 9 st 10 once I’ve established my healthier eating habits, great.  If not, that’s fine too.

My calculations tell me that if I aim to lose a pound a week like I’ve been trying to do, it realistically turns out at around 3 lb per month. Between now and December (let’s forget about losing any weight in December right now), 3 lb per month spookily turns out to get me to 10 st 1 lb by the end of October.   So there’s a month’s leeway in case of a blip.

That actually sounds do-able.

You know? For a week where I didn’t lose any weight, I’m feeling remarkably optimistic!


7 Responses to "Friday Fatchecker, part 5: One month on"

Regarding breakfast on the go; I recommend making a batch of healthy-ish muffins (y’know, like bran muffins, or fruit and nut, or oat and raisin) then freeze them. You get one out of the freezer the night before (or if you forget, microwave it), then (and this is the important bit) DON’T EAT IT UNTIL YOU’RE IN THE CAR, or on the walk to school or wherever. The key is to be a long way away from the rest of the muffins when you finish the first one.
Then congratulate yourself on having had a home-made, wholegrain breakfast, but know deep-down that it was cake! This helps you to feel smug when turning down biscuits offered to you mid-morning, because you’ve already had a cake fix!

What a great idea! Somewhere I have a recipe for savoury muffins (which I love). Thanks – I’ll try it out.
By the way, I implemented your leaving-at-8.20am-regardless-of-whether-they-are-ready-or-not this week. Today was the first day anyone was less than fully dressed, and we had time to sort it out before going in to school. Thanks for the tip!

To wax lyrical means “to talk with enthusiasm and alacrity using well chosen words. To praise something or someone.” So now you know. 🙂

Aha! Now I know indeed!
…May I take this opportunity to ‘wax lyrical’ about your fabulous blog while I’m here? I can really identify with it, and you have such a calm, wise way of approaching things. And I love the projects you are putting on Facebook too!

I love the muffin idea. Well done Ginny. Make sure that you don’t skip breakfast entirely. It slows down your metabolism meaning that it will be twice as difficult to lose weight even if everything is healthy.

Yes, I turn into a horrible person without breakfast, so it’s not an option!

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